July 4, 2015

Research: Online News Portals Get Credibility Boost From Trusted Sources

From Penn St. University: When readers access a story from a credible news source they trust through an online portal, they also tend to trust the portal, said S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory. Most of these portals use computers, not people, to automatically sort and […]

New Article: "Mobile information literacy: Let’s use an app for that!"

Title Mobile information literacy: Let’s use an app for that! Authors Stefanie Havelka Lehman College, City University of New York Alevtina Verbovetskay Lehman College, City University of New York Source C&RL News (January 2012, vol. 73 no. 1 From the Intro While at the reference desk, have you ever had a student thrust her phone […]

Listen Online: Dr. Alison Head on Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students in the Digital Age

Dr. Alison Head from Project Information Literacy recently spoke at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  An audio file of her presentation is now available online. Here’s the Blurb: What is it like to be a college student in the digital age? Alison Head — lead researcher for the national study, Project Information […]

Google's Usability Chief On Ideas Having to Be Discoverable and Use "Control F"

In a New Scientist article, Google’s Dan Russell talks about his job, discoverability of ideas, and more. Dan also mentions a super interesting fact that we’ve heard from him before (it’s worth repeating) and something that many of us have shared during presentations for years, the POWER of the Control+F (find) feature. It’s one of […]

Full Text Book: Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers

Their is NO charge to download the full text of the following book. Title: Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers Authors: Carolyn Wilson, Alton Grizzle, Ramon Tuazon, Kwame Akyempong, and Chi-Kim Cheung Publisher: UNESCO Year: 2011 192 Pages (PDF) 978-92-3-104198-3 ISBN Direct to Full Text (PDF) From the UNESCO Web Site: It [the book] […]

"How to Use PLoS’s Advanced Search Function" by Michael Morris

From a PLOS Blogs Post by Michael Morris: At PLoS, we’re dedicated to the tenet of Open Access, making academic literature widely available on the web. However, with an ever-growing pool of scientific literature, our goals have to consider not only making content available, but also accessible. With the breadth of articles we aggregate, you […]

New Report from RIN: "Research Supervisors and Information Literacy"

Recently released report from the UK’s RIN (Research Information Network): From Summary/News Release: Research supervisors can play a crucial role in the effective imparting of relevant skills, knowledge and understanding. But in reality, they often are not able, well-equipped or even predisposed to play such a role. RIN’s Mind the Skills Gap report pointed to […]

Video: Lecture: "Wikipedia, WikiLeaks and Wiccans: Historical Accuracy Online"

From Vanderbilt University News: Watch video of John Seigenthaler, a nationally recognized advocate for the First Amendment also known for his criticism of Internet vandals who post false information on user-created sites like Wikipedia, speaking Oct. 21 at Vanderbilt’s Central Library. Seigenthaler is the founder of the First Amendment Center, former president of the American […]

A New Guide from the Digital Curation Centre: How To Cite Datasets and Link to Publications

Well done! This guide includes material for researchers, data repositories, and others. It includes examples, hyperlinked footnotes, additional resources. Title: How to Cite Datasets and Link to Publications Authors: Alex Ball (Digital Curation Centre) and Monica Duke (Digital Curation Centre) Source: DCC This guide will help you create links between your academic publications and the […]

New PIL Report: "How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library During Crunch Time"

UPDATE: Analysis and Commentary Barbara Fister from Library Journal A new report from the Project Information Literacy team at the University of Washington Information School. From the UW iSchool Web Site: Findings from Project Information Literacy’s (PIL’s) latest research study found college students — only weeks away from final exams and in the library — […]